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Scottish Commercial Motormen's Union

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The Scottish Commercial Motormen's Union was a trade union in the United Kingdom. It merged with the Transport and General Workers' Union in 1971.

The union was founded in 1898 as the Scottish Carters' Association. Hugh Lyon was appointed as its organiser in 1901, and was elected as general secretary the following year, at which point the union was heavily indebted and had only 300 members. He spent his first five months supporting a strike in Falkirk; during this time, the central office closed down and the union nearly shut down, but the strike was so successful that the union's executive decided to retain Lyon.

Lyon gained recognition for the union from Glasgow Town Council in 1904, and several strikes were won early in the 1910s, giving it membership across the nation, peaking at around 12,000 in 1912. In 1908, it was renamed as the Scottish Horse and Motormen's Association', in order to assist with the recruitment of drivers of motor vans. However, Lyon incorrectly believed that motor vehicles were a passing craze, and that the union should focus on recruiting carters. This led to a decline in membership during the 1920s and 1930s, worsened by Lyon's refusal to allow the union to join the Transport Workers' Federation, which led to a large number of demarcation disputes. Finally, in 1936, the union's executive lost patience and dismissed him.

General Secretaries

1898: John Sampson 1902: Hugh Lyon 1929: Robert Taylor 1944: John Brannigan 1959: Alex Kitson

References

Scottish Commercial Motormen's Union Wikipedia


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